Game on! I’ve been in my new job for five weeks now and I feel my routines are settling in. It’s time to get back in the saddle.
How are we doing?
Jeff and I managed to continue making almost all of our food from scratch and greatly reduced our intake of meat, fish and dairy. We aren’t vegetarians, but we are close. I found a place on my way to work that sells eggs from happy backyard chickens and ducks. We haven’t found a place to buy local small farm meat, but we have a lead. I also heard there are a local corn mill and a place to buy raw milk. We’ll have to check those out. And I am getting much more physical activity into my days. We are walking distance to the library (and I go every other day because that’s how long DVDs can be checked out) plus having an outdoor job means I am active every day.
Now for the bad news, I have gained four of the six pounds I lost back. Yikes! I also gained some bad habits from my new schedule. I am eating when I come home from work at 4:30 and then also eating dinner and dessert. Plus I’ve been drinking a beer after work every day. I need to break these habits or at least replace them with healthier ones.
What am I changing?
My husband’s weight has never been an issue for him – Lucky. I on the other hand always seem to be between 10-20 lbs above what I consider my ideal weight. Really I would just like to fit back in this pair of pants. I’ve had this pair of pants for years and when I was feeling uber healthy these were loose. Underneath them is my favorite current pair of jeans. They must have a higher waist because they look similar in size, but I can’t button the khaki green pair. So in order to fit back into these pants I am going to start recording what I eat everyday again.
For breakfast I have been eating cereal, which unfortunately is a very processed food. I’m going to make some healthier muffins instead. I’m also going to try eating a bigger lunch at work so I don’t come home ravenous. I will be replacing my beer a night habit with an iced tea a night or possibly joining the green monster fan club. Many of the healthy food bloggers espouse the benefits of green monster smoothies made with spinach, banana and yogurt. I figure it is worth a try. I’m a little doubtful. I don’t think spinach belongs in a smoothie and I don’t really care for banana so we shall see.
Jeff does all the cooking during the week so we sat down and decided on some healthy recipes. All the meals must meet these three goals:
1. Low fat content (go easy on the cheese, butter and oils)Find out what we decided on for meals tomorrow in my next post: Filling, Yet Healthy and Delicious Meals.
2. High fiber (whole grains, veggies, beans)
3. Protein (tofu, beans, egg)